Identity of Marine killed in Friday shooting released

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comNovember 24, 2013 

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The Marine killed in a shooting Friday night in Beaufort was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Beaufort County’s coroner said Sunday.

Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen identified Jerrit Timberson, 20, as the Marine killed in the Friday armed robbery in the Mossy Oaks neighborhood of Beaufort.

No other information about Timberson’s military service was available Sunday. MCAS Beaufort public affairs officer Capt. Jordan Cochran said Sunday the air station had not received confirmation of the end of the 24-hour period following the notification of Timberson’s next-of-kin. Department of Defense policy prohibits the release of information until the 24-hour period is confirmed, Cochran said.

Timberson was killed in an apparent robbery attempt gone wrong, according to a release from the Beaufort Police Department. Timberson and at least three other men planned to rob a drug dealer at a marijuana deal off Hookstra Drive, the release said.

Timberson and 18-year-old Kelsey Terrell Dent both pulled out fake pistols, but the drug dealer pulled a real gun and opened fire, the release said.

When police arrived at the scene around 9:30 p.m. Friday, they found a silver sedan parked in the middle of Hookstra Drive. The shooting victim was in the back seat and taken by ambulance to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A friend, who was uninjured, was in the driver's seat.

Dent's Facebook page indicates he is a Marine as well. He is being held at the Beaufort County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000.

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